Herniated Disc Specialist

When patients from in and around San Francisco, California, suffer from a herniated disc, Dr. Kenneth Light offers state-of-the art surgical treatment to repair the spine and provide relief from the pain.

Herniated Disc Q & A

by Kenneth Light, MD

What Is a Herniated Disc?

Each disc in the spine is created to provide support and cushioning to the bones of the spine. These discs can deteriorate because of injury or age. As a result, the inner section can rupture or protrude from the outer layer. This is known as a herniation of the disc. The lower back, or lumbar spine, is the frequent location of most herniated discs. This area is constantly absorbing the impact of bearing the weight of the upper body and can be affected by impacts to the lower extremities as well. This constant strain in combination with aging and/or injury-related deterioration makes this part of the spine more prone to a herniated disc. Herniated discs are often the cause of sciatica.

What Causes a Herniated Disc?

Herniated discs are frequently caused by general wear and tear that causes gradual degeneration of the disc. As this happens, the disc loses fluid, making it less flexible and prone to damage. Herniations are also caused by using poor techniques while lifting heavy objects, which results in injury to the spine. Other factors that can affect a person’s risk of developing this condition include being overweight or having an inherited genetic disorder. In some cases, the exact cause of the herniation is impossible to diagnose.

What Surgical Procedures Resolve Herniated Discs?

If surgery is the best option to address a herniated disc, Dr. Light will discuss all of the options and explain why he thinks a particular procedure will be most effective. Depending on the cause, location, and severity of the herniation, Dr. Light may suggest laminectomy, discectomy, disc replacement, or spinal fusion. Each of these procedures addresses herniation in a different manner. Dr. Light will answer any questions his patients have about the spinal surgeries that can address a herniated disc. Residents of San Francisco who are experiencing back pain due to a herniated disc should make an appointment for a consultation to determine if a surgery is the best option to resolve their condition.

Accepted Insurance Providers

We accept assignment on all Medicare patients, participating provider organizations (PPO), and Workers' Compensation. However, some insurance companies do cover the doctors' services as an out of network provider.

As a courtesy, we will bill your insurance company for you if you have provided us with the insurance name, policy numbers, address, place of employment and any other pertinent information. You are responsible for all deductibles, co-pays, and charges not covered by your insurance. Failure to submit payment for your portion of your bill may result in referring your account to a collection agency. All co-payments will be collected at the time of service.

Anthem Blue Cross Blue Shield
Blue Cross Blue Shield of California PPO
Molina Healthcare
Oscar Health Insurance Co.
United Health Care
United Healthcare PPO

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    "I strongly urge anyone with severe back, spinal, or related neurological problems to see this wonderful, brilliant, meticulous surgeon."

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    "My wife has been seeing Dr. Light for 5 years now. He has always been kind, caring, and compassionate. I am so grateful that she is under his care!"

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    "I had back surgery and could not have wished for a better outcome... His track record speaks for itself, it was my #1 reason for selecting him. I'm so thankful I did."

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    "He's the best. 11 years out of surgery and I'm still going strong. He gave me my life back."

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    "His office staff were all very professional, pleasant, and caring... Went above and beyond with calling and texting to check up on me before and after my surgery."

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Kenneth Light, MD
1700 California Street, Suite 340
San Francisco, CA 94109
Phone: 415-646-4104
Fax: (415) 673-4840
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Kenneth Light, MD
1700 California Street
Suite 340
San Francisco, CA 94109